MYSTERY

Nighthawking

Putnam. (Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler Mystery, Bk. 2). Feb. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780525542056. $27. M
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When a nighthawker, a person who hunts for treasure illegally, is using a metal detector on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield, England, he uncovers a body. Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler and Detective Constable Amina Rabbani are yanked off the Cold Case Review Unit to help with the murder investigation. Mina is furious that the men she works with seem to disappear while she perseveres until the victim is identified as Chi, aka Li Qiang, a Chinese national in England on a student visa who had been reported missing. But why does her body have two valuable golden Roman coins in her eye sockets? While Mina plugs away, Adam is sidetracked by the investigation of the death of his father, a police officer said to have died by suicide years earlier. Another officer insists it was murder, and a powerful local gangster hints he has evidence. The murder investigation involving Chi, the death of a nighthawker, and Adam’s case collide, leading to a dramatic, somewhat implausible conclusion.
VERDICT The sequel to Firewatching is a confusing, complex book that culminates in a cliff-hanger. Even readers of the previous book will have a difficult time connecting the story line from the previous novel.

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